arts 04.9.07

Mary Chapin Carpenter

When you think of musicians with raging anger, it's a fair bet that Mary Chapin Carpenter doesn't immediately jump to mind.

But the normally gentle Ms. Carpenter is in no mood to mince words. Three songs grouped on the album: "Houston," "Leaving Song," and "On With the Song" reflect several stages of grief — from the point of view of Katrina refugees, from the Iraq war opponents, against the Dixie Chicks' critics, and for those disgusted by this rancid administration. The lyrics of "On With the Song" (reprinted below) make anger seem like a breath of fresh air.

Carpenter will be performing on Wednesday night at the NY Society for Ethical Culture, 2 W. 64th [CPW] Tickets. Her superb new album is The Calling.



On With the Song

This isn't for the ones who blindly follow
Jingoistic bumper stickers telling you
To love it or leave it and you'd better love Jesus
And get out of the way of the Red, White, and Blue

This isn't for the ones who buy their six-packs
At the 7-Eleven where the clerk makes change
Whose accent makes clear he sure ain't from here
They call him a camel jockey instead of his name

No, this is for the ones who stand their ground
When the lines in the sand get deeper
When the whole world seems to be upside down
And the shots bein' taken get cheaper, cheaper

This isn't for the ones who would gladly swallow
Everything their leader would have them know
Bowing and kissing while the truth goes missin'
"Bring it on," he crows, puttin' on his big show

This isn't for the man who can't count the bodies
Can't comfort the families, can't say when he's wrong
Playin' "I'm the decider," like some sort of Messiah
While another day passes and a hundred souls gone

No, this is for the ones who stand their ground
When the lines in the sand get deeper
When the whole world seems to be upside down
And the shots bein' taken get cheaper, cheaper

This is for the ones that I see above me
Three little stars in a great big sky
Light for the world and hope for the weary
They try

This isn't for the ones with their radio signal
Calling for bonfires and boycotts, they rave
Exhorting their listeners to spit on the sinners
While countin' the bucks of advertising, they'll say

This isn't for you and you know who you are
Just do what you want 'cause I know that you can
But I gotta be true to myself and to you
So on with the song, I don't give a damn

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